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Resident Evil

Germany / UK 2002
produced by
Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bold, Bernd Eichinger, Samuel Hadida for Constantin Film, Davis Films, New Legacy, Impact Pictures
directed by Paul W.S.Anderson
starring Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes, Colin Salmon, Anna Bold, Heike Makatsch, Jaymes Butler, Pasquale Aleardi, Liz May Brice, Michaela Dicker
screenplay by Paul W.S.Anderson, based on the computergame by Capcom, music by Marco Beltrami, Marilyn Manson, special effects by Berliner Spezialeffekte Atelier, Die Nefzers, special effects makeup, prosthetic and animatronic effects by Anmimated Extras

Resident Evil

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Alice (Milla Jovovich) & Spence (James Purefoy) are a society couple in a luxurious mansion, but in reality they are the guardians of The Hive, a giant (the size of a city) underground research lab of the global Umbrella Corporation, that tests/produces chemical & biological weapons. Too bad the Hive is under attack, & too bad both Alice & Spence are affected by some nerve gas that gives them a nice little (if temporal) amnesia.

Be that as it may, a SWAT-team that is to investigate the underground goings-on considers it a good idea to take the 2 amnesiacs with them underground to investigate, & also a possible terrorist they have just captured, Matt (Eric Mabius).

Once inside the Hive, our little gang has to realize everyone is dead here (& the Hive had a few thousand employees), & the computer controlling the Hive, Red Queen, has not only gone completely mental, but it is also armed to the teeth & doesn't mind the occasional killing.

Trying to turn off the computer, the team is seriously downsized by the latest in laser technology, but after Red Queen is turned off, it gets even worse, with zombies suddenly turning up everywhere & taking out our gang of soldiers one by one until it's down to a handy quintet: Alice, who for some reason has taken command, Matt, who turns out to be the good guy who wanted to expose Umbrella but instead has lost his sister Lisa (Heike Makatsch) in the Hive, the soldiers Kaplan (Martin Crewes) & Rain (Michelle Rodriguez), who has of course been infected by one of the zombies, & Spence, who to noone's real surprise turns out to be the bad guy, who on one hand wants to guard Umbrella's secrets at any price, on the other hand he infected the Hive with the zombie virus in the first place (if you are thinking "what ?" now, you are of course right).

But eventually, Spence is infected as well, & when he finally gets to the antidote, he is taken out by a mutant (oh, did I forget to mention the Hive was holding mutants as well ? Well, what did you think, this ain'T the boy scouts),

Finally, Alice & the others are getting to the antidote as well, but it's already too late for Rain, who, once a zombie, has to be shot dead ... well, shot deader.

Kaplan dies somehow as well, but Spence & Alice kill the mutant & make it to the surface ... when Spence, having been scratched by the mutant, becomes a mutant as well (must be an infection), & is immediately dragged off by some nice men in white to another Hive, while Alice is drugged & sent to a hospital.

Later, Alice wakes up, & wouldn't you know it, the whole world has already been overrun by zombies ...


Let's face it, Milla Jovovich wearing a short & tight dress shooting her way through some zombies & kicking some serious behind is a sight for sore eyes .... yet this movie totally fails to impress: Resident Evil is nothing more than a blatant rip-off of any number of trashy Italian zombie-movies from the early 80's, but told without any panache or irony, with one-dimensional characters (at best) & no real build-up of tension ... actually the film resembles more the succession of shoot-outs found in a computergame - which is exactly what Resident Evil was based on.

So maybe the film did succeed in bringing its source adequatly to the screen ... it's just a shame it turned out to be such a bad movie.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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